ADDRESS: Sandra Day O'Conner School of Law
Campus Box 877906
Arizona State University
TELEPHONE: Office phone: 480-965-4134
A.B., Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 1978
J.D. cum laude, University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, NM, 1981.
August 1981 – August 1983: Law Clerk to the Honorable Juan G. Burciaga,
United States District Judge, Albuquerque, NM. Primary fields of research and
writing included federal jurisdiction, civil rights, anti-trust, and civil procedure.
September 1983 – January 1986: Associate Attorney with Fried, Frank, Harris,
Shriver & Kampelman, Washington, DC. Primary practice areas included federal
Indian law, corporate law, legislative affairs, and administrative law.
February 1986 – October 1997: Partner in Gover, Stetson & Williams, P.C.,
Albuquerque,NM. Primary fields of practice included federal Indian law, natural
resources law, water law, environmental law, housing law, commercial
transactions, administrative law, and legislative affairs.
November 1997 – December 2000: Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, United
States Department of the Interior, Washington, DC. Responsible for policy and
operational oversight of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, supervising programs in
Indian education, Indian law enforcement, Indian trust asset management, social
services, tribal government, and administrative services, among others.
January 2001 – December 2002: Partner in Steptoe & Johnson, LLP,
Washington,DC. Primary practice areas include federal Indian law, commercial
transactions, environmental law, administrative law, and legislative affairs.
January 2003 – June 2003: Counsel to Steptoe & Johnson, LLP, Washington, DC
and Phoenix, AZ.
July 2003 – Present: Professor of Law, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law,
Tempe, AZ. Teaching courses in Federal Indian Law, Administrative Law, and
Statutory and Regulatory Interpretation.
January 2005 - present: Associate Judge, Tonto Apache Tribal Court of Appeals,
September 2005 – present: Associate Judge, San Carlos Apache Tribal Court of
Appeals, San Carlos, AZ.
New Mexico Supreme Court (currently inactive).
District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
United States Supreme Court.
United States District Court, District of New Mexico.
United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit.
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
United States Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit.
Wind River Tribal Court.
Crow Tribal Court.
Yavapai Nation Tribal Court.
Santa Clara Pueblo Tribal Court.
New Mexico State Bar Association (currently inactive).
District of Columbia Bar Association.
Federal Bar Association.
American Bar Association, Committee on Native American Natural Resources
Law, Chairman, 1989-1990.
American Bar Association, Committee on Native American Rights, Vice-
An Indian Trust for the 21st Century, to be published in Spring 2006 by the
Natural Resources Journal, University of New Mexico School of Law.
Federal Indian Policy in the 21st Century, to be published in the proceedings of
Confluence of Cultures II: The Journey Continues, Symposium at the University
of Great Falls (July 2005).
Survey of Tribal Actions to Protect Water Quality and the Implementation of the
Tribal Amendments to the Clean Water Act, Report to the National Indian Policy
Center, September, 1994.
Commercial Solid and Hazardous Waste Disposal Projects on Indian Lands, 10
Yale J. of Reg. 229 (1993) (Co-author).
Tribal-State Dispute Resolution: Recent Attempts, 36 S.D. L. Rev. 277 (1991)
Tribal Environmental Regulation, 36 Federal Bar News & Journal 438 (1989)
Avoiding Santa Clara v. Martinez: The Litigation in Federal Court of Civil
Actions Under the Indian Civil Rights Act, 8 Hamline L. Rev. 543 (1985) (Co-
Note, Conflicts of Laws and the Indian Reservation: Solutions to Problems in
Indian Civil Jurisdiction, 8 Am. Indian. L. Rev. 361 (1981).
Works in Progress:
Indian Jurisdiction in the 21st Century, to be submitted for publication in July
EPA and Indian Tribes: Environmental Regulation on Indian Lands, to be
submitted for publication in fall 2006.
Customizing Indian Policy in the 21st Century, to be submitted for publication in
Board of Directors, Salt River DEVCO, 2004-present.
Board of Directors, Futures for Children, 2002-present.
Board of Directors, Southwestern Association for Indian Art, 1995-1997.
Board of Directors, Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas, 1995-1997